Civil Society under threat: why protecting and growing civil society globally is vital

Posted on 24 October 2017 | Foundations' operationsGlobal challenges, peace-buildingHuman rights, citizenship & democracy

The Barrow Cadbury Trust was set up by husband and wife, Barrow and Geraldine Cadbury, almost 100 years ago. We consider ourselves to be part of, as well as funders of, civil society and we still follow the old Quaker imperative (since adopted widely by others) of ‘speaking truth to power’. That’s something we can do more or less with impunity in the UK, but this is not of course the case in all areas of the globe.

Rethinking Poverty: What makes a good society?

Posted on | Diversity, migration & social inclusionHuman rights, citizenship & democracySocio-economic development, poverty

The title of this book, Rethinking Poverty – What makes a good society?, promises a theoretical treatise on the elimination, or reframing, of poverty and destitution in the UK. It turns out, however, to be an authoritative unpacking of why our collective approach to poverty has failed and suggests some straightforward, no-nonsense remedies for changing the mindset with which we grapple with poverty.

Wellbeing and social progress: using convening power to catalyse change

Posted on 16 October 2017 | Socio-economic development, poverty

Wellbeing is at the heart of what we do at the Carnegie UK Trust.  Our Trust Deed, written by Andrew Carnegie, was far ahead of its time in charging us with the duty to “improve wellbeing”.  At that time, 100 years ago, wellbeing was not a common form of words for the activities of charitable organisations.  So when the term began to be used as a way of understanding social progress in the 2000s, we took a particular interest.

Stand with us!: activists call funders to action

Posted on 25 September 2017 | GenderHuman rights, citizenship & democracy

In communities globally, feminist groups led by women, girls, and trans and intersex[1] people are collectively organising to make the world more peaceful, democratic and fair. At the same time, a rise in fascist ideologies, authoritarianism, and populist agendas in many parts of the world threatens their work for justice. Repressive agendas put fundamental rights and freedoms at risk and promote nativism, xenophobia and increased surveillance in the name of national welfare and security. In this political environment, state-sanctioned violence is on the rise, targeting migrants, Muslim people, Black communities, women and gender nonconforming people, and other marginalised groups.

Linking global citizenship to food for a better future

Posted on 7 September 2017 | Environment & sustainable developmentResearch, science & technology

What does it mean to be a global citizen in today’s world? How can food be considered a key factor in a cutting-edge approach to such a topic?

Recognition, Solidarity, Hope: Helping marginalised women participate more fully in society

Posted on 4 September 2017 | GenderHuman rights, citizenship & democracy

Two years ago, I sat with some young women in a programme the Aga Khan Foundation runs in Uttar Pradesh. They held hands or leaned on each other. Some had never been to school; others were withdrawn by their parents. A few were already married. They had struggled to get permission to join, but their parents were convinced by the vocational training offered alongside reading, counting, and ‘life skills’ – self-esteem, confidence, financial literacy and adolescent health.




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